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Businesses in the area try to prevent flu symptoms

Health experts share tips that help identify when a person has the flu and what to do to stay healthy.

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 7:13 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Flu season has taken a hit on almost every state, including Oregon. Nearby daycares and fitness facilities are taking measures to prevent the spread of the illness.

In Oregon, a new report released by the Department of Health on Friday said 25 percent of the more than 45, 000 cases tested postive for the flu.

Symptoms of the flu:

In children

·       Fast breathing or trouble breathing

·       Bluish skin color

·       Not drinking enough fluids

·       Not waking up or not interacting

·       Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

·       Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

·       Fever with a rash

In adults

·       Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

·       Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

·       Sudden dizziness

·       Confusion

·       Severe or persistent vomiting

·       Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

·       Being unable to eat

·       Has trouble breathing

·       Has no tears when crying

·       Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

The YMCA in Eugene said they typcially have 20 kids attend their daycare, but seven of them were absent on Friday. While they are unable to control who gets the bug, Holly Kriz-Anderson, a spokeswoman for YMCA, said they are taking steps to pervent the germs from spreading.

MORE: Flu season turns deadly in Lane County

"We definitely are cleaning and spraying down the rooms on a daily basis. Countertops, toys are being washed, towels and blankets are being laundered on a more so regular basis than we normally would," Kriz-Anderson said.

Lane County Public Health experts said they saw a decline in the flu cases last week. Experts said those at higher risk of contracting the flu are people 65 or older, pregnant women, and children.


Health experts said common flu symptoms among children include fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches. However, they do emphasize that not everyone with the flu experiences a fever.

MORE: Second flu-related death confirmed in Lane County

Kris Christensen, owner of Oakway Fitness Center, is also taking safety precautions to keep members at her gym safe. That's because a large percentage of their members are seniors, a group that is vulnerable to the flu.

"We also suggest they use hand sanitizer before and after [they use the equipment]," said Christensen.

According to experts, most people recover within two weeks, but some can develop life complications that can put them in a life-threatening situation. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are just some examples.

Doctors recommend seeking immediate medical help if your child or family member show signs of having the flu.

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Data is updated nightly.

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Reported Deaths: 867
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